The Bruin Voice

LUSD policy on ‘do-rags’ sends mixed signals to students

Ahmad Annous, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

The “durag,” sometimes spelled “do-rag,” first worn as a headcover by female African-American laborers, has evolved to become a fashion piece after the Black Power Movement in the 1960s. Today, students wear durags as a “wave cap” — a hair holder that locks in a diplike appeara...

Critics claim liberal bias in Ethnic Studies courses

Michael Thomas, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

The past few decades, has witnessed a rising push by state legislators for schools to develop an Ethnic Studies course. The idea began at the college level and has trickled down as far as elementary schools; some districts have even made Ethnic Studies a graduation requirement. This year, Bear C...

Trump and FDA ban flavored e-cigarettes after recent deaths

Akayla Jones, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

Although some had hoped this generation would be the first to end cigarette use, many teens have found themselves hooked on smoking new products — vapes. Despite being prohibited on campus, some teens admit they have already developed an addiction. Reported incidents of teens and young ad...

For a ‘connected’ generation, why are so many so lonely?

Ethen Smith, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

Today’s teens can be defined by one word: connected.  Presently, social media is becoming an increasingly integral part of life, and it’s easy to argue that Generation Z is the most connected generation to date. In an age where opinions, greetings, pictures, songs and statuses can be shared with a fe...

Memes and other mental health jokes worrisome

Amara Del Prato, Entertainment Editor

September 20, 2019

In the longstanding fight against the stigmatization of mental health, it seems that finally Generation Z has thrown the last punch.  Students talk openly about mental health, posting about their sessions with their therapists and making lighthearted memes about mental health struggles. However, so...

Excessive Screen Time Links to mental health in teens

Charumati Rogers, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

Sweep aside the hair of an average teen today and, surprisingly, one might find an odd growth: a skull horn. Located at the base of the skull, this odd growth results from constantly looking down at a smartphone. Studies have also shown that physical disorders, such as brain problems and o...

Is it time to close the GATE?

Deepika Sahota, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

Many Bear Creek students spent their elementary and middle school years in a GATE — Gifted and Talented Education — program. Although the program seeks to label children who exhibit an advanced learning pace as gifted and separate them from their non-gifted peers, it is unclear whether the ...

Oregon students lead grass-roots effort to pass ‘mental health’ legislation

Grace Gremel, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

Sometimes students stay home “ill” when what they are really feeling isn’t an impending cold or the shivers from a full-blown flu bug — instead, they just need a mental break. Oregon now permits students to miss school days for mental health reasons. Passed in June, the new law t...

Colleges use AP exam scores to assess student readiness

Michael Thomas, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

In a generation that claims to be overworked and overtested by schools, some notable private schools are answering that call and moving away from Advanced Placement tests. This change comes as both a relief and a shock to the average lethargic high school student at Bear Creek and high sch...

College Board rolls out content, exam changes

Adan Banks, Sports Editor

September 20, 2019

​College Board, the private organization in charge of administering college standardized tests and providing aid to students in the college search process, has announced major changes to many aspects of the Advanced Placement program that will take effect this year.  These changes will impact both teach...

Four obscure and prestigious additional AP programs shock students

Ryan Flores, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

Advanced Placement (AP) typically allows students to take college-level courses in high school. However, many students are unaware of the four additional programs that AP offers. The AP Capstone Award is awarded to students who complete research projects and pass the exam within the AP Semin...

Teachers adjust grades based on AP scores

Thomas Bun, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are mostly structured to prepare students for the AP exam in hopes of obtaining college credits for their efforts. Those who don’t attempt the exam, either because of the cost or because they simply don’t feel prepared, leave some teachers to resort to other ...

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